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Island of Vice by Richard Zacks
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Jul 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nf-hist-american
Read from July 18 to 21, 2012

Fascinating. This is the kind of history I can't imagine anyone not finding completely engrossing: it's got everything from bombastic, larger-than-life characters of good, evil & everything in between such as Theodore Roosevelt & Big Bill Devery; seriously soap-opera personal/political disagreements shouted through newspapers; prostitution - real & imagined; a seeming war to the death over being able to have a beer on a Sunday; riots, unforgivable name it. People who think NYC is a crazy, overcrowded den of iniquity now just have no idea. Anyone who found "Sin in the Second City" un-put-down-able should definitely have this on their list.

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